With over 50 years’ industry experience we understand civil engineering testing intimately. It’s this heritage that has helped us to lead the way in the design, manufacture and supply of specialist equipment for mechanical testing of construction and civil engineering materials.
Our construction materials testing equipment has been installed in more than 15,000 laboratories worldwide and is used extensively in numerous world class, sophisticated research and education laboratories at Government Ministries, DOTs, leading educational institutions and Vocational Centres, as well as quality control and research facilities for contractors, producers and manufacturers.
Established since 1968 with 50+ years’ experience
Advanced R&D centers
International branch offices
Materials testing products
Helping our customers address their testing challenges with our robust testing solutions, unmatched level of flexibility and customer service — regardless of the level of testing complexity required.
From Quality Control to leading-edge research, our comprehensive range of equipment and accessories is meticulously designed to meet all your project requirements. Operating under our three global brands, we offer the largest range of laboratory and on-site precision testing equipment in the industry, accompanied by a sophisticated global support network.
Controls offers the widest range of testing equipment of construction and civil engineering materials in the industry. Our systems are expertly designed and manufactured to the highest standards, ensuring they meet the needs of every laboratory from Quality Control production to complex research projects.
For almost 30 years, IPC Global has been the researcher's choice for advanced asphalt testing equipment. We lead the way in the innovation, design, manufacture and supply of the world’s most advanced dynamic testing equipment for pavement materials.
Renowned for its smart soil and rock testing solutions, our easy-to-use range of automatic, static and dynamic triaxial testing machines includes systems that benefit from the cutting-edge Electromechanical Servoactuation (EmS) technology.
We work in close partnership with our customers to understand their unique requirements. This partnership approach is at the heart of our business. Understanding our customers in this way, and the industry as a whole is what sets us apart. Our team is the largest in the industry, capable of delivering unrivalled levels of customer service and technical support anywhere in the world to ensure we continue to lead the way. So, it’s not just a product you’re acquiring, it’s a true partnership and unrivalled network of support that you’re buying in to.
Foundation in Milan of CONTROLS S.a.S and launch of the first series of Compression Machine for Concrete.
Transfer of the company to Cernusco sul Naviglio. Completion of the product range. Important increase of export.
Design and production of the first robot machine "C45 Automatic Testing Unit for the measurement, weighing and compression of Concrete specimens".
Open the new Modern Factory in Cernusco sul Naviglio.
Establishment of CONTROLS UK, to follow the English and Commonwealth markets.
Design and production of the first T 700, DYNAMIC TRIAXIAL APPARATUS for geotechnical tests.
Design and production of the new Data Acquisition and processing system for geotechnical tests. Installed at the University of Pavia the 12000 kN cap. testing machine for in-plane behavior of structures. (Rilem publication)
Foundation of Equipe de Ensayo CONTROLS, Sesena (Toledo), Spain.
Foundation of CONTROLS S.à r.l , Walheim, France to follow the French and African French speaking countries.
CONTROLS S.R.L. is certified to ISO 9001.
Foundation of Equipo de Ensaye S.A. de C.V., Mexico.
Integration of the Road Testing Systems with GYRATORY COMPACTORS and DYNAMIC range.
Launch SERCOMP and MCC, a new range of Compression and Flexural Tester to perform automatically the Elastic Modulus of Concrete.
Launch of AUTOMAX System, Automatic Control Console and compression machine for concrete specimens.
CONTROLS incorporate Wykeham Farrance, the well-known English company, founded in 1941, specialist in Geotechnical Testing Systems.
Foundation of CONTROLS Polska Sp. Z o.o. Design and production of ADVANTEST, Servo-hydraulic testing System to perform automatically tests under control of Load/Stress, Displacement and Strain rate.
Design and production of AUTOTRIAX, the first Automatic Triaxial Testing System for Geotechnical tests ; launch the new models of DynaComp and DynaTrack, Dynamic Testing System for Road.
Design and production of DYNATRIAX, Dynamic Triaxial System for Geotechnical tests.
Design and production of PILOT 4 System, Automatic compression tester for concrete and cement specimens.
Design and production of the DYNAPAVE, Servo-pneumatic and Servo-hydraulic Dynamic Testing Systems for Road testing.
Launch of the COMPACT and SMART Line, the new range of compression machines.
Birth of PAVELAB®SYSTEMS, the new asphalt division of CONTROLS
Acquisition of IPC Global® LTD, Australia’s global leader in dynamic pavement testing.
Foundation of CONTROLS GROUP USA Inc, United States.
CONTROLS moved to a new premises of over 8000 m2 in Liscate, Milan.
After the acquisition from Di Iorio family, Emdin family and the shareholders Wise SGR, CONTROLS SRL becomes CONTROLS SPA changing its legal form.
Launch of CONTROLS Group’s Advanced Pavements Testing Systems Division, the only one-stop supplier of all advanced, static and dynamic Asphalt / Pavements Testing Systems.
CONTROLS Group has been acquired by Nova Measurements LLC.
1980s, a period of rapid expansion
From the time CONTROLS launched its first range of compression machines, the company quickly expanded its operations by adding an extensive worldwide distribution network, including in the 1980s, the set-up of several international branch offices.
1990s, a complete overhaul
The mid-90s saw an overhaul of the business, in line with CONTROLS’ ambition to become the world leader in the field materials construction testing equipment. This included extending its range of products and introducing new technologies.
With global markets demanding higher standards of quality, CONTROLS Group became ISO 9000 registered and an accredited SIT (now ACCREDIA) Center for the force calibration of testing equipment in the early 1990s.
2000s: CONTROLS expand its capabilities to include advanced geomechanics and advanced pavements testing systems
In 2004, CONTROLS expanded its manufacturing capabilities with the incorporation of Wykeham Farrance — one of the longest established manufacturing business in Geotechnical Testing Systems — and in 2014, IPC Global, the researcher’s choice for advanced asphalt testing equipment.
Being part of CONTROLS Group presented a unique opportunity to combine each company’s specialist knowledge and created great synergy between each Division resulting in shared technology and innovations for the benefits of all our customers.
2019/2020: a new start
In December 2019, CONTROLS Group (“CONTROLS”) was acquired by Nova Measurements LLC (“Nova Measurements”). By joining Nova Measurements’ specialized investment group, CONTROLS will now move into the future using a proven value-creation strategy, with additional resources, synergies, and capabilities available to further enhance value for its customers and employees around the world.
CONTROLS' future is now brighter and more exciting than ever.